SAN FRANCISCO (December 19, 2019) — Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced the filing of a motion for a preliminary injunction in the case of Chad Linton, et al, v. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, et al., a federal civil rights lawsuit challenging some of the State’s laws and policies that prevent certain individuals from exercising their fundamental right to keep and bear arms. Court filings are available at FPCLegal.org.
The motion, pending before Northern District of California Federal District Court Judge James Donato in San Francisco, requests that the “Court grant preliminary injunctive relief to prevent [Attorney General Becerra and the DOJ defendants] from continuing to deprive them of important rights under the Constitution” and “from enforcing and continuing to enforce their policies as they deny rights based upon non-violent, out-of-state felony convictions that have been set aside and vacated in their respective states of origin.”
“This case and this motion seek to vindicate and restore fundamental rights,” explained the plaintiffs’ attorney, George M. Lee. “We have presented compelling reasons why the State of California, Attorney General Becerra, and the Department of Justice cannot continue to deprive these gentlemen of their right to possess firearms.”
“Kendall Jones has given over thirty years of his life in an honored career to the State, and has trained thousands of police officers in the use of firearms and life-saving tactics,” Lee continued. “The State he served has repaid him by branding him a ‘prohibited person’ and forbidding him from not only exercise his rights, but from engaging in a profession they trained him for.”
Lee said that the motion is currently scheduled to be heard in January 2020, just over a month from today. The lawsuit is backed by Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF), Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), California Gun Rights Foundation (CGF), Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), and Madison Society Foundation (MSF), also institutional plaintiffs in the case.
Anyone who is similarly affected by California’s laws and policies are encouraged to contact the FPC/FPF Legal Action Hotline at www.firearmspolicy.org/hotline or (855) 252-4510 (available 24 / 7 / 365).
Firearms Policy Coalition (www.firearmspolicy.org) is a 501(c)4 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, advance individual liberty, and restore freedom.
Firearms Policy Foundation (www.firearmsfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPF’s mission is to defend the Constitution of the United States and the People’s rights, privileges and immunities deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition, especially the inalienable, fundamental, and individual right to keep and bear arms.
California Gun Rights Foundation (www.cagunrights.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves its members, supporters, and the public through educational, cultural, and judicial efforts to advance Second Amendment and related civil rights.
Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing, and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.
Madison Society Foundation (www.madison-society.org) is a 501(c)(3) grassroots nonprofit based in California. It promotes and preserves the purposes of the Constitution of the United States, in particular the right to keep and bear arms. MSF provides the general public and its members with education and training on this important right.